The merits of NXNE are up for debate, but what isn't are the great new Canada-based bands and musicians that play every year. We've assembled a series of mini-profiles of some smaller acts you should check out.
Lydia Ainsworth is a new Arbutus Records signee with experimental electronics and a mystical boreality. She might join your World Cup pool but I didn't get that impression from her answers. She plays the Edward Day Gallery tonight at 10PM with Kontravoid and Maica Mia.
Where are you from and what's your favourite thing to do there?
I'm from Toronto. I love walking through the city's ravines at dawn / dusk.
What were you doing before you started answering these questions?
Printing off music scores for my violinist for tomorrow's show.
What present should a fan bring for you to the gig to show their appreciation?
A smile / hug.
What's your favourite show you've ever played?
My fave show ever was on the last day of the Mayan calendar, I played at a poetry party put on by the incredible Ariana Reines. Amazing energy.
What's your favourite thing on the Internet right now?
The music video my friends and I made for my song "Malachite":
What's your favourite summer activity?
Recording in my basement.